Shire of East Pilbara supports police activities to reduce crime in Newman

Published on Wednesday, 8 December 2021 at 1:38:49 PM

The Shire of East Pilbara would like to acknowledge the ongoing and outstanding efforts of East Pilbara police in reducing crime and urges the community to support policing activities.

Shire President Anthony Middleton said he empathised with the community’s frustration and concern over the recent swell in crime in Newman.

“I understand that the recent nights of theft, trespassing, damage, and vandalism is causing fear and anger among our community,” he said.

“While crime prevention is a WA Police and State Government matter, the Shire is keeping in constant contact with local police because we understand crime is an issue now and we want to be well-informed.

“We support Newman, Nullagine and Marble Bar police in all their current and future policing activities and strongly encourage residents to cooperate with police.”

There have been many reports of “prowlers” or “visitors”, as well as CCTV video footage, shared on social media over the past few weeks and Cr Middleton urged residents to share that information with police.

“Every piece of information helps the police in reducing crime. Whether it leads to an arrest, builds a pattern of behaviour or increases the police’s information database – it’s all useful,” Cr Middleton said.

“The Shire’s project to install additional CCTV cameras is underway in Newman and all footage will be available to the Newman Police.

“We are proud to be working together with the police in this manner and hope the CCTV cameras assist them in their duties.”

A statement from Newman Police, released through the Pilbara District – WA Police Force Facebook page on 7 December, explained police had been hard at work forensically assessing a large number of crime scenes over the past couple of weeks. With results coming back in, a number of offenders have been charged in Newman and South Hedland.

“The Shire welcomes the decision of additional resources coming from South Hedland and Karratha to support Newman Police during the ongoing investigations and forensic analysis of these matters,” Cr Middleton said.

Contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 to report information about criminal activity or suspicious activity; or call 131 444 for police assistance or attendance when it is not an emergency.

Call 000 in an emergency.



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